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Seattle says NO to Shell Oil

Extracts from an article by Megan Wallin published 29 May 2015 by TheBaltimore Post-Examiner under the headline: Seattle says NO to Shell Oil The barge, given the name “The People’s Platform” is docked in protest of Shell’s oilrig. Along the water, within view of famous seafood restaurants and expensive condos on Alki Beach in West […]

Arctic blowout clean-up costs could exceed Shell’s financial resources

From a regular contributor  THE BEAR FACTS -EMERGENCY RESPONSE MAY TAKE TWO OR THREE MONTHS TO ARRIVE! “The risk of a blowout or spill is always present when a well is drilled. The US government estimates the probability of such an event in Alaska at 75%. In many cases a relief well is the only […]

Coast Guard Adds Response Vessels in Anticipation of Shell’s Arrival

By Emily Schwing, KUCB – Unalaska | May 28, 2015 Two 25-foot Coast Guard response boats arrived in Dutch Harbor this week. The boats will patrol waters off the coast of Dutch Harbor as oil giant Royal Dutch Shell moves forward with plans to explore for oil in the Arctic Ocean. “This is very unusual, […]

Federal Agency Dings Shell for Oil Rig Mishap in Arctic

Federal Agency Dings Shell for Oil Rig Mishap in Arctic ANCHORAGE, Alaska — May 28, 2015: By DAN JOLING Associated Press As Royal Dutch Shell PLC seeks permits for exploratory oil drilling off Alaska’s northwest coast, a federal agency has concluded the company underestimated risk the last time it moved drill rigs to Arctic waters. A […]

Oil industry rebuts proposed Arctic drilling mandates

Oil industry rebuts proposed Arctic drilling mandates May 28 2015, 18:58 ET | By: Carl Surran, SA News Editor Oil companies and industry trade groups lash out against the Obama administration plan to require rigs and time to drill relief wells in case of emergencies at their operations in U.S. Arctic waters, claiming the proposed […]

Federal Investigators Blame Shell for Alaska Drill-Ship Accident

Federal Investigators Blame Shell for Alaska Drill-Ship Accident By CASSANDRA SWEET: May 28, 2015  Federal investigators have blamed Royal Dutch Shell Plc and its contractors for the December 2012 shipwreck of a drill ship off the coast of Alaska. FULL ARTICLE Like this:Like Loading…

Feds rap Shell for poor planning in botched tow of 2012 Arctic drilling rig

By Jennifer A. Dlouhy: 28May 2015 Geoff Merrell, superintendent of emergency response, Shell Alaska: Photo: Jennifer A. Dlouhy/The Houston Chronicle WASHINGTON — The National Transportation Safety Board on Thursday blamed the grounding of Shell’s Kulluk drilling rig on the company’s failure to adequately assess the risks of towing the vessel across predictably stormy Alaska seas in […]

Arctic drilling affects more than the Arctic, say Greenpeace campaign particpants

Eilís Quinn, Eye on the Arctic: May 28, 2015 Representatives from six of Canada’s First Nations are currently taking part in a Greenpeace campaign with a message that Arctic drilling has the potential to negatively  impact communities far beyond the North. “We know that the ongoing use of oil as a source of fuel is perpetuating […]

King County Tells Shell to Take Its Shit Elsewhere

by Sydney Brownstone • May 27, 2015 The Polar Pioneer’s shit has run into a snag with King County sewers. A waste management company contracted by Shell applied for a permit to dump the Arctic drilling rig’s human excrement directly into a King County manhole. Today we learn that King County said “no.” The county’s […]

Shell’s Arctic exploration safety audit ‘kept under wraps’

by Joe Sandler Clarke: 22 May 2015 As Shell prepares to drill for oil in the Arctic this summer, a third party safety audit ordered by the US government to ensure there was no repeat of the company’s disastrous drilling operation in 2012 remains hidden from the public. Shell contractor Noble pleaded guilty to eight […]

We May Not See Arctic Oil For Decades

We May Not See Arctic Oil For Decades SHELL MAY END UP WITH NOTHING By Nick Cunningham: Posted on Wed, 27 May 2015 Shell’s Arctic campaign this year will be pivotal. If the company cannot find large reserves of oil, it will likely set back Arctic oil development for a generation. The Financial Times reported that […]

Alaska governor tours Shell rig in Seattle, touts Arctic drilling

Phuong Le | Associated Press: May 27, 2015 Alaska governor tours Shell rig in Seattle, touts Arctic drilling SEATTLE — The governor of Alaska on Wednesday toured a massive oil drill rig parked on Seattle’s waterfront, then met with Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee to tell him that Washington’s position on future Arctic drilling will hurt […]

Shell Polar Pioneer fails USCG inspection

By Donal Scully: 27 May 2015 Seattle: The Polar Pioneer, one of two huge drilling platforms Shell plans to deploy in the Arctic, came up short under a US Coast Guard (USCG) inspection on Tuesday. Although the USCG said the unspecified hitch was minor and would be easily remedied it was another in an array of […]

Shell drilling may spur Arctic resource race

Colin Chilcoat, Oilprice.com: May 27, 2015 In a few short months Shell will (re)enter the Chukchi Sea, between Alaska and Russia. The oil and gas major still awaits approval from a number of state and federal agencies, but in early May the company received the consent of the Obama administration to explore the remote Arctic sea […]

No Shell Arctic Oil Until 2030’s

By: MICHEAL KAUFMAN: Published: May 26, 2015  Royal Dutch Shell Plc’s (ADR) (NYSE:RDS.A) head of oil and gas production in Americas, Marvin Odum has told the Financial Times (FT) in an interview that the company’s Arctic drilling operations would take at least a decade to extract oil reserves, which would then be sent to production. The […]

Chiara D’Angelo interview: Arctic activist who spent 66 hours suspended from anchor said nature inspired her to continue protest

ANDREW BUNCOMBE: NEW YORK: Monday 25 May 2015 Chiara D’Angelo interview: Arctic activist who spent 66 hours suspended from anchor said nature inspired her to continue protest The activist who spent 66 hours suspended from the anchor of an oil exploration vessel has said she took strength during her protest from looking at the wildlife surrounding her. […]

National Security, The Seattle Oil Rig, And Greenpeace’s Dirty Money

By Ron Arnold, Executive Vice President, Center for the Defense of Free Enterprise: 25 May 2015 National Security, The Seattle Oil Rig, And Greenpeace’s Dirty Money President Obama had it all wrong in his commencement address at the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut. He warned that climate change “deniers” endanger our national […]

Shell’s Arctic extraction to take decades before oil flows

Marvin Odum, Shell’s head of oil and gas production in the Americas, told the Financial Times that the company’s success or failure this year and next in making a significant discovery was critical for the future of Arctic oil development. FULL FT ARTICLE WITH WORKING LINKS. WARNS THAT PRODUCTION IS UNLIKELY TO COMMENCE UNTIL THE […]

Shell to drill in Alaskan Arctic with protesters in pursuit

Ten years after it first started acquiring new leases in the Arctic, and having spent almost $7bn, Shell has still not yet drilled a single well into oil-bearing rocks. A series of law suits, regulatory objections and its own mistakes have held it up. FULL FT ARTICLE WITH WORKING LINKS. SETS OUT SHELL’S 2012 DEBACLE […]

Pair Chains Themselves to Shell Ship Near Seattle to Protest Arctic Drilling

BELLINGHAM, Wash. — Two people have chained themselves to a support ship that is part of Royal Dutch Shell’s exploratory oil drilling plans and currently moored in Washington state. Eric Ross of the Backbone Campaign said on Saturday morning that Matt Fuller joined student activist Chiara Rose in suspending themselves from the anchor chain of […]

Chief of Shell’s Arctic drilling program searches for ‘the prize’

By Hal Bernton and Coral Garnick: Seattle Times staff reporters: Published 23 May 2015 Chief of Shell’s Arctic drilling program searches for ‘the prize’ (Ann Pickard, Shell’s executive vice president for the Arctic) Shell’s Ann Pickard says an offshore oil find in the remote Chukchi Sea could eventually yield 1 million barrels of oil daily, and she insists the […]

Activists damage habitat in Seattle bay during Shell oil protests

SEATTLE | BY ERIC M. JOHNSON: World | Sat May 23, 2015 2:00am BST Activists damage habitat in Seattle bay during Shell oil protests Photo Credit: REUTERS/JASON REDMOND Environmental activists who fanned out in small boats across a Seattle bay over the weekend in a protest over Royal Dutch Shell (RDSa.L)’s plans for Arctic oil exploration […]

Shell CEO backs fossil fuels, climate change warnings -Guardian

Markets | Fri May 22, 2015 7:35pm EDT Shell CEO backs fossil fuels, climate change warnings -Guardian The world’s fossil fuel reserves cannot be burned unless some way is found to capture their carbon emissions, Royal Dutch Shell Plc Chief Executive Officer Ben van Beurden said on Friday. In an interview published in Britain’s Guardian […]

Shell boss endorses warnings about fossil fuels and climate change

Ben van Beurden, chief executive of Shell, acknowledges that we cannot burn all the world’s fossil fuel reserves without risking a breach of the 2C limit needed to prevent catastrophic climate change. Photograph: Bloomberg/Getty Terry Macalister and Damian Carrington: Friday 22 May 2015  read moreLike this:Like Loading…

Shell handpicked auditor to sign off on government’s Arctic drilling renewal

Rose Hackman in New York: 22May 2015 The Obama administration’s process for giving Shell the go-ahead for restarting its drilling in the Arctic lacked transparency and prevented an informed public response, environmental groups have warned. FULL ARTICLE WITH WORKING LINKS Like this:Like Loading…

SHELL CEO: WORLD ‘DESPERATELY NEEDS’ ALASKA OIL

Article by Demid Getik published 22 May 2015 by nltimes.nl  SHELL CEO: WORLD “DESPERATELY NEEDS” ALASKA OIL Alaska has large potential oil reserves that the world is going to demand in the future, Shell CEO Dick Benschop told AD. Oil in the region is increasingly difficult to recover, however, the company’s technological potential fits the challenge. There is […]

Out to Stop Shell’s Giant Oil Rig

Extracts from a Rolling Stone article by ANTONIA JUHASZ published 22 May 2015 Meet the Rappers and ‘Kayaktivists’ Out to Stop Shell’s Giant Oil Rig …several hundred people trying to disrupt business as usual for the world’s largest oil company… Their target, Royal Dutch Shell’s 400-foot-long, 300-foot-tall offshore oil rig, dubbed the Polar Pioneer, was just out […]

Shell CEO Defiant On Arctic Drilling

By Andy Tully: Posted on Thu, 21 May 2015 Royal Dutch Shell CEO Ben van Beurden says that whereas the Anglo-Dutch company is aware of the dangers that fossil fuels pose to the environment, it is also realistic and therefore determined to press ahead with plans to drill for energy in the Arctic. Addressing shareholders at […]

Energy divestment campaigns a ‘red herring’, says Shell CEO

Markets | Thu May 21, 2015 London Royal Dutch Shell Chief Executive Ben van Beurden on Thursday slammed as a “red herring” calls for investors to divest from energy companies as part of the fight against climate change. Van Beurden singled out the “Keep it in the Ground” campaign led by British newspaper The Guardian […]

This Growing ‘Green’ City May Be The Front Line In Climate Change Battle

Lynne Peeples: [email protected] This Growing ‘Green’ City May Be The Front Line In Climate Change Battle SEATTLE — “That doesn’t even look like a boat. How does it float?” Elizabeth Spence, 8, peered through a chain-link fence at a massive yellow drilling rig, newly docked a short stretch away. Her dad had brought her here on […]

Despite Seattle Protests Royal Dutch Shell Remains Defiant In Its Arctic Drilling Plans

By: MICHEAL KAUFMAN: Published: May 20, 2015 The protests against Royal Dutch Shell plc (ADR) (NYSE:RDS.A) plans to drill in the Arctic have been going on for days in Seattle. The city’s port has seen hundreds of demonstrators including environmental groups and city residents protesting on kayaks and canoes to oppose Arctic drilling, as well as […]

Shell, climate change and a question of reality

By John Donovan Royal Dutch Shell CEO Ben van Beurden is said to have lambasted fossil fuel critics at the Shell AGM yesterday, accusing them of ignoring reality. Two days earlier, Terry Macalister of The Guardian, who has always been scrupulously fair in his comments and reporting in relation to Shell, seemed to suggest that it is Mr […]

Rotten Growth Prospect: Royal Dutch Shell Plc

3 Stocks With Rotten Growth Prospects: Royal Dutch Shell Plc, Tesco PLC And Centrica PLC By Royston Wild – Tuesday, 19 May, 2015 Today I am looking at three stock market terrors poised to endure extended earnings woe. Royal Dutch Shell Fossil fuel colossus Shell (LSE: RDSB) (NYSE: RDS-B.US) has grabbed the headlines again over […]

Shell vows to explore Arctic despite Seattle protests

Shell vows to explore Arctic despite Seattle protests BY RON BOUSSO: Tue May 19, 2015 Royal Dutch Shell will press on with a campaign to explore the Arctic for oil this summer despite protests in the port city of Seattle, chief executive officer Ben van Beurden said on Tuesday. Hundreds of environmental activists have fanned out […]

SHELL CLUELESS IN SEATTLE

SHELL DOESN’T HAVE A CLUE ABOUT THE ENERGY OF THE FUTURE, NOT A CLUE!! SOLAR IS THE ENERGY OF THE FUTURE. PRODUCING ENERGY FROM OIL IS STONE AGE TECHNOLOGY. A SOLAR ENERGY REVOLUTION IS WELL UNDER WAY NOW.  YOU ARE RUNNING OUT OF TIME. INVEST NOW IN SOLAR AND WIND ENERGY PRODUCTION. OH, AND GET YOUR […]

Royal Dutch Shell undaunted by Seattle port backlash

Article by Phuong Le, The Associated Press, Published Tuesday, May 19, 2015 Royal Dutch Shell undaunted by Seattle port backlash SEATTLE — Neither a protest by hundreds of demonstrators nor a permit violation notice from the city will halt Royal Dutch Shell’s use of a Seattle seaport terminal as it prepares for exploratory oil drilling in […]

Shell Oil’s Cold Calculations for a Warming World

By McKENZIE FUNKMAY: 18 May 2015 Shell Oil’s Cold Calculations for a Warming World “Shell screwed up,” said Ken Salazar, the interior secretary at the time. Last week, when the Obama administration gave tentative approval to Shell Oil’s plan to return to the Arctic after its disastrous attempt to find oil there in 2012, I […]

Shell’s Arctic oil exploration rig draws hundreds in protest at Seattle port

Rose Hackman in New York: Monday 18 May 2015 At least 200 Seattle environmental protesters blocked the entrance to a terminal in Seattle’s port on Monday where a massive Royal Dutch Shell drill rig is temporarily resting on its way to explore for oil in Alaska this summer. The 400ft long, 355ft tall Shell rig, named […]

Obama Seeks Oil Demand, Climate Balance With Shell Arctic Permit

Article by Rakteem Katakey published 18 May 2015 by Bloomberg.com U.S. President Barack Obama is balancing the need to meet oil demand and concerns about climate change as his government considers final approvals for Royal Dutch Shell Plc’s Arctic drilling plans, according to a state department official. “If you go up to Alaska and speak to many […]

Arctic oil protesters rally at Seattle port where Shell rig is docked

KING-5 TV, Seattle and Associated Press: May 18, 2015 Arctic oil protesters rally at Seattle port where Shell rig is docked SEATTLE — People protesting Arctic oil drilling marched Monday to the entrance of Terminal 5 at the Port of Seattle Monday, where a massive floating drill rig is parked on the waterfront. Police say arrests […]